The SkyCycle

SUBHEAD: Somehow this is not what we thought a green revolution might produce.

 By Juan Wilson on 24 April 2009 for Island Breath -
(http://islandbreath.blogspot.com/2009/04/skycycle.html)


Image above: View getting onto the SkyCycle tandem cart.


I was browsing the internet and stumbled on a Japanese website that detailed a ride called the SkyCycle at Washuzan Highland theme park in Okayama, Japan. I could not read the text but found the photo essay that accompanied it fascinating. It is a foot powered roller-coaster ride! I soon realized that there were a spate of other websites, in English, that had picked up the story. Some people think it is the scariest ride in the world. Below is an example and several images from the Japanese website

 Bike Roller Coaster in Japan  

By Lloyd Alter on 14 March 2007 in Treehugger.com 
http://www.treehugger.com/files/2007/03/treehuggerstyle.php
 
Here is the future of the green amusement park: The Skycycle at Washuzan Highland Park in Okayama, a pedal-powered roller coaster. They clearly have some dramatic topography to take advantage of here, and it looks truly frightening. Most North American amusement parks are on pretty flat terrain but they often build artificial mountains- Demand a green ride like this on the Magic Mountain.

The side-by-side tandem pedal-powered carts have seat belts, and a cute pink basket, however this ride looks really scary.


Image above: The beginning of the SkyCycle experience.



Image above: There is no turning back once you've started.



Image above: Not to worry. IT's only a cycle ride. Right! 


Image above: Oh my God! We're going to die!


See also:
Island Breath: Cheney and Nascar 6/3/07
http://drkssk2.fc2web.com/washuzan/skycycle/cycle.html

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